Hertfordshire Improvement Partner (HIP) programme
The Hertfordshire Improvement Partner (HIP) programme is a flexible service offering a range of services, allowing schools to select the elements that are most suited to their setting.
HIPs act as a critical professional friend to the school, helping its leadership to evaluate performance, identify priorities for improvement, and plan effective change. The role is to support the building of the school’s capacity to improve the attainment and progress of all pupils, and to improve other key outcomes that have a bearing on pupils’ achievement.
Within Hertfordshire’s primary schools and academies, HIPs are one of three types. They may be consultant HIPs, which means they are experienced education professionals working through Herts for Learning, who are managed, trained and quality assured by the company. A HIP can also be a District School Effectiveness Adviser (DSEA), meaning they undertake both the role of a DSEA and HIP and are part of the centrally retained Herts for Learning primary team. Alternatively, a HIP can be a practising headteacher from a good or outstanding school or academy in Hertfordshire.
Whether a DSEA/HIP, a consultant HIP or a headteacher HIP, every HIP acts as a critical professional friend to the school, helping its leadership to evaluate performance, identify priorities for improvement and plan effective change. The role of a HIP is to support the building of the school’s capacity to improve the attainment and progress of all pupils and to improve other key outcomes that have a bearing on pupils’ achievement.
Engaging the services of a HIP offers a number of advantages and provides:
- a flexible, bespoke programme, which can be as extensive or as focused as required
- to meet the needs of the individual school
- support and challenge – elements valued by schools and governors
- a HIP who is up to date with the latest developments in teaching and learning and to school improvement strategies
- a HIP who is rigorously quality assured and who is accountable for the quality of their work
- a HIP who, particularly where intensive support is required, can carefully coordinate deployment of a “team around the school”, drawing on the range of expertise that is available within Herts for Learning and across the wider range of schools within Hertfordshire. This includes teaching alliances, NLEs, LLEs, SLEs, and other experienced school leaders and subject specialists
For further information on all Herts for Learning’s school improvement consultancy and advisory services, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01438 845111.